Surreal French Polynesian Cruise

Regatta Cruise Review to South Pacific - Tahiti

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5

10 Night Legends To Lagoons (Papeete Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 05, 2020

Ship: Regatta

Cabin number: 7114

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We found French Polynesia absolutely beautiful with some of the friendliest people on earth. The local cuisine on the islands was so fresh and delicious. Oceania did try to make the best of a potentially bad situation. I commend their guidelines for sanitizing and prevention measures. I wish we could have gone to Bora Bora but the circumstances were understandable.


5 out of 5
It was a great embarkation because we went straight on the ship after passing passport and medical checks. They did take our temperature and ask specific questions about our recent travel and any contacts with ill people. The process of checkin was fast once we were on board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food in the specialty restaurants (Toscana and Polo Grill) was excellent this time, the Terrace had a different variety every day for lunch and dinner that was very good. The dining room food for breakfast was very good but the dinners were always a disappointment.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The only activity I experienced was the pool and we all loved it. The cruise wasn’t full and so the pool area was never crowded. The poolside cafe and bar were very good for service and food quality.


I was too tired by the end of the day to enjoy any entertainment.

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I found everyone on board extremely attentive. Since the ship was following very strict restrictions, utensils, napkins, condiments etc were only delivered after we were seated. The condiments were in individual servings. Cream for the coffee was served only by the wait staff. Sanitizing was considered as the utmost importance.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I was in the owners suite that had a sleeper sofa when I was on it in Alaska in July. Since the refurbishment in September they have removed the sofa beds in the owners suites as well as the vista suites (where the rest of my family was). My cabin mate had to sleep on a rollaway bed that was uncomfortable. The ship was very clean. My door to the deck fell off and was repaired after the next day.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The comfort, size and cleanliness was very good. I would have liked them to reinstall the phone in the living area. There was a phone in the bedroom that I sometimes didn’t hear ringing.

Ship tip

If you thought there was a sofa bed in your cabin there’s a possibility it has been replaced by a regular sofa even though it still shows up on the deck plan as being there.

Ports of call

Papeete, Tahiti

5 out of 5
I variety of merchandise is wide and interesting. The shopping area was very close to where the ship was docked

Moorea, French Polynesia

5 out of 5
We thought Moorea was the highlight of the trip. The independent tour we took of the island was excellent.

Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago

3 out of 5
It was a beautiful port but things to do there are limited.

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

3 out of 5
As in Fakarava, things to do were limited if you didn’t scuba or snorkel. Shipping was extremely limited. The beaches close to the tender port were not really for sunbathing.

Rangiroa, French Polynesia

3 out of 5
Again, activities were very limited but the views are always nice.


5 out of 5
It was surreal. Many passengers had disembarked over the 3 unexpected days in Papeete. We walked off the ship without any crowds.

Traveler Photos

Sunset over Moorea from Papeete Moorea Moorea Nuku Riva
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